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Isaiah Washington rivets in Blue Caprice; Plus One is supernatural fun

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Blue Caprice (IFC Films)

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Mark your calendars for January 14, when IFC Films releases two hot DVDs.

Blue Caprice dramatizes the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks of 2002 from the point of view of the two perpetrators, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America. Recently abandoned by his mother, teenager Lee Malvo (Tequan Richmond) finds an unlikely father figure in John Allen Muhammad (Isaiah Washington), who takes the boy in and shows him the moral decay of the society that declared him unfit to be a husband and parent.
Before long the impressionable Lee follows in John's footsteps and learns to kill in vengeance. When John obtains the whereabouts of his estranged wife and children, he outfits a blue Chevy Caprice with a shooting bay and he and Lee head for Maryland. What follows in this masterfully controlled thriller is a weeks-long assault that held the nation's capital in fear as the duo's sniper attacks took the lives of innocent men, women and children until their apprehension by police.
Blue Caprice paints a riveting portrait of 21st-century America and is a haunting depiction of two cold-blooded killers that endures long after the final frame.

Director Dennis Iliadis delivers thought-provoking suspense with Plus One, a supernatural thriller that tests the limits of survival and the loyalties of friendship. Three college friends head out for the biggest party of the year, each looking for something different: sex, love, a simple human connection. The possibilities are endless at the mansion, where the music throbs, liquor flows and hired strippers dance on an outdoor stage. But an unexplained paranormal phenomenon disrupts the proceedings. Perfect replicas of all the partying kids suddenly appear, and what's even weirder, they are doing everything their originals did 15 minutes earlier. As the party descends into bloody chaos, the three friends must struggle to maintain their wits and stay alive. Ashley Hinshaw, Rhys Wakefield and Logan Miller star in this mind-bending thriller.

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